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Easley mayor given state’s top honor at final meeting

By Jason Evans Staff Reporter jevans@thepccourier.com EASLEY — Mayor Larry Bagwell was awarded South Carolina’s highest civilian honor during his More »

Lady Flame come back, beat Easley

PICKENS — In its first game of the season, the Pickens High School girls’ basketball team downed cross-county rival Easley More »

Daniel boys top Devils in opener

By Bru Nimmons Staff Reporter bnimmons@thepccourier.com LIBERTY — Up big in the third quarter of its season opener at Liberty More »

Pickens school leader named SC Elementary Principal of the Year

COLUMBIA ­— The South Carolina Association of School Administrators (SCASA) has named Jessica Patterson the 2020 South Carolina Elementary Principal More »

Pecans for special occasions

By Olivia Fowler For the Courier ofowler@thepccourier.com The holidays wouldn’t be the holidays without pecans. They add something to the More »

 

Pickens Christmas Parade rescheduled until 3 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 15

Threat of heavy rain on Friday forces Pickens Christmas Parade to be moved.  It will now be on Sunday at 3 pm.


 

Easley mayor given state’s top honor at final meeting

By Jason Evans

Staff Reporter

jevans@thepccourier.com

EASLEY — Mayor Larry Bagwell was awarded South Carolina’s highest civilian honor during his final Easley City Council meeting Monday night.

Rep. Neal Collins, Rep. Gary Clary and Sen. Rex Rice presented Bagwell with the Order of the Palmetto during the meeting, on behalf of Gov. Henry McMaster and the state legislature.

Collins said Bagwell has impacted generations, both on the football field as a former Easley

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2 dead after moped wrecks

PICKENS — Two men died Sunday in connection with separate Pickens County moped wrecks 10 days apart.

Coroner Kandy Kelley said 59-year-old Timothy Wayne Stephens of Pickens died at the scene of a wreck on U.S. Highway 178 near Old Fox Squirrel Ridge Road around 12:50 p.m.

Stephens’ moped was slowing down to make a turn before being hit by a sedan, South Carolina Highway Patrol Master Trooper David Jones said.

The driver of the car, Faye Cassell, was wearing a seatbelt and was not injured. Cassell was charged with driving

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Here comes Santa Claus

 

Easley, school district partner to ease traffic

By Jason Evans

Staff Reporter

jevans@thepccourier.com

EASLEY — The city of Easley will be providing funds to improve traffic flow around West End Elementary and Forest Acres Elementary.

City council voted on second reading Monday night to amend the city’s FY 2019-20 operating budget to provide for the funding request.

City administrator Stephen Steese said the first portion of the budget amendment concerned partnering with the School District of Pickens County

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Public urged to attend burial of local veteran

By Jason Evans

Staff Reporter

jevans@thepccourier.com

PICKENS — Area residents are asked to come out Friday to pay tribute to a man who served his country.

The Pickens County Coroner’s Office contacted Pickens County Veterans Affairs officer Sherry Harris on Nov. 18 after William D. Rowland was found dead.

“That was how I first learned about him,” Harris said Friday.

The coroner’s office said Rowland was a veteran.

Rowland was homeless at the time of his death, Harris said.

He was born in Pickens 64 years ago, she said. He enjoyed camping and hunting.

“In 1972, Rowland enlisted in the U.S. Army and served his country

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County welcomes Finnish educators

By Greg Oliver

Courtesy The Journal

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EASLEY — A little more than a year after School District of Pickens County superintendent Danny Merck visited schools in Finland, 14 Finnish professors have been visiting Pickens County over the past week.

School district spokesman John Eby said the purpose of the visit is for professors from the Oulu University Teacher Training School to exchange knowledge about education.

“During the visit, our guests will tour schools to learn more about the U.S. education system and innovations here in Pickens County and they will lead professional development sessions for our faculty,” Eby said.

The Finnish educators presented “Finish Strong: Lessons from World Education Leaders” at a public forum in

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The week before Christmas at our house

Twas the week before Christmas, and I was alone

My wife, credit cards and money all gone.

Gwinnett, Lenox and Perimeter Mall;

She’d gassed up the car, and visited them all.

Her eyes, how they twinkled, her nose like a hound

Her laughter grew shrill, as the bargains she found.

As I sat, in the La-Z-Boy, watching TV;

Commercials and re-runs were all I could see.

The clock on the wall pointed to 10,

When I thought I heard my sweet wife come in.

As I shook the cobwebs from my sleepy head,

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Best advice comes from above

Generally speaking, people are not excited about being told what to do. This is probably one of the greatest reasons why the world rejects the Bible and the ways of God.

In fact, it’s rare to find anyone that is excited about taking advice, even good advice. Think about yourself for a moment. How often do you read God’s Word or hear a message and come away saying, “that’s a great idea, and I am going to incorporate and apply this truth into my life!”

When it comes to wise people trying to give us counsel, I suggest we at least listen, because when we consider the strengths and expertise of others, we are being given an excellent opportunity to glean wisdom. When is the last time you heard someone say they

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Courier Letters to the Editor

Saitta ‘spot on’ in letter

Dear Editor,

Re: Alex Saitta’s letter to the editor on Wednesday, Dec. 4. — spot on!

When are we going to fight back, stop worrying about getting some bad press, stop apologizing for promoting healthy lifestyles, etc.?

Conservatives had better stop “rolling over and playing dead” before it is too late!

Mayor Roy C. Stoddard

Six Mile

Remember to keep the Christ in Christmas

Dear Editor,

Hard to believe it’s Christmas again. My how time flies when you get older.

When I was a child, it seemed my birthday came once every two years and Christmas every five. There were two

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